ASAP’s original online community for asylum-seeking mothers has been a central focus of our work. In our original Spanish-language community, we support mothers fighting for their families to live in safety in the United States. Now consisting of over 3,000 members, the community is a valuable space for women to share stories and strategies, receive crucial updates, ask questions of expert attorneys, and, when necessary, request emergency legal assistance.
As our original group grew, we realized the need to expand our services to assist other communities. That’s why, after months of planning, we launched a new group in May that welcomes Spanish-speaking asylum seekers of all gender identities who have come to the Mexico-U.S. border seeking safe haven. The new group includes asylum seekers forced to “remain in Mexico” while they await their court hearings in the United States.
Given ongoing shifts in border enforcement, asylum seekers arriving at our borders need access to reliable updates and emergency legal assistance. Our original online community allows ASAP’s staff to communicate with thousands of mothers at once to address their most pressing legal concerns. Each day, ASAP explains how to locate loved ones in detention, how to prepare for raids, and more. With the launch of our new group, ASAP aims to spread these resources to a broader spectrum of asylum seekers and address new concerns.
Between these communities, our goal is that all Spanish-speaking asylum seekers have a network they can turn to for legal assistance and community support as they arrive at our borders, whether they prefer a group for individuals who identify as mothers or a group for individuals of all gender identities.
ASAP is committed to working alongside asylum seekers in dire circumstances as they defend their right to live in safety. We are ready to support additional members as the new community grows, and we look forward to sharing successes and stories from the group in the coming year.